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RATINGS: 3884   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Produced in the tradition of 18th Century English brewers who supplied the court of Russias Catherine the Great, Old Rasputin seems to develop a cult following wherever it goes. Its a rich, intense brew with big complex flavors and a warming finish.

The Old Rasputin brand image is a drawing of Rasputin with a phrase in Russian encircling itA sincere friend is not born instantly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2004
A very intense and complex beer. Usual dark black stout color. Pretty hoppy and bitter for a stout, but then again I have been havin a lot of smooth stouts like sam smith oatmeal. Also had the usual chocolate flavor of a stout. THis was definitly good, but i didn't like it as much as the hype made me think i would.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fly (1425) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - APR 13, 2004
Nice and smoooooooth. Think that has to be why it is so well liked in general. Nothing overpowering - for an Imperial, but nothing lacking either. My kind of after work mikshake.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 12, 2004
UPDATED: APR 20, 2007 In the bottle. LOVED IT! Pours black and beautiful. Very strong ethanol aroma. Burns the nostrils to sniff it. Rich and thick malt body. OG must be a beast, but 9% ABV seems like an underestimate. Ill bet this racks well. UPDATE: At my 2007 Impy Stout Tasting. Thanks to Nate for the beer. When compared head to head with 18 other commercial Imperial Stouts in one tasting, this old dog just wont hunt at my original score of 4.5. Not as dark as most, mildy perfumey. No strong aroma otherwise. A bit of smoke to the taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2004
Bottled - bought at Happy Deli NYC. What can I say but wow!? The best beer I've had since joining this website. It has a vinuous smell with hints of coffee and licquorice. It is beautifully black with that off white head typical of the best stouts. the taste is warming, vinuous, roasty, alcoholic and extremly well-balanced. A fantastic beer which tastes stronger than 8.9% but at the same time invites you to have another (If only I'd bought another).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 3, 2004
This pours with a small creamy, dark head, and has a carmely/chocolate nose; sweet, roasted double mocha latte flavor fused malt and a soothing bitterness that finishes dry, though not lingering very long: nice balance; massive body, and overall one of the better brews thus far.....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - APR 2, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2005 Ive read a lot of good things about this beer, but im in the minority. Its a very decent stout but nothing special. The head is weak and too yeasty but the aftertaste is nice and burnt and roasty. I recently had this on tap so am re-rating. This is a pretty darn good on tap even though Im not a big fan of it out of the bottle

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2004
Pours a dark coffee brown that appears opaque when in the glass. Head is light brown, foamy, and plentiful. You can really smell the alcohol embedded in the chocolate and mocha notes. Tastes like a sweet version of coffee, pleasant to the taste buds. Smooth and rich on the palate, but I wish that it were a little but thicker in body. Overall, though, a delicious imperial.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1138) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2004
lovely aroma of alcohol, coffee, and vines. hits you with an earthy, dark (unsweetened) chocolate bite and goes dry very quickly in the finish. leaves a little residual bitterness and an alcoholic aftertaste. overall very good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 28, 2004
The fragrant aroma of this brew wafting thru my nostrils by the Hawaiian seashore was paradisial. Its appearance is bold, robust, and, well, stout. The flavour is full with predominant coffee, subdominant chocolate. Its 9% ABV is quite high and can help get you quite the goodly buzz. What turned me off to this brew is the same thing that often turns me off to Irish coffee. It is too alcoholic tasting - you can even smell the alcohol in the aroma. I like it, but do not think it perfect. In fact, I might even prefer to drink Mackeson XXX Stout sometimes...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ross (2122) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2004
mmm smells of alcohol, hints of coffee and chocolate. pours black with a tan head. has a good flavor, nice hiding of alcohol, coffee and chocolate flavors galore! this is wonderful, not better than storm king, but damn good.

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